Inmate Was Handcuffed Before He Fatally Shot 2
Another incident to fuel the fire for the gun grabbers. This time involving an inmate. They are going to call for fingerprint locks and other things that will hinder the effectiveness of carrying a gun.
Larry Darnell Gordon, the inmate who stole an officer’s gun and shot four people, including two fatally, while he was being moved from a holding cell inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, had his hands cuffed in front of his body before the incident, according to Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey.
Gordon, who was being held on sexual assault and kidnapping charges, somehow managed to steal a gun from an officer in court despite the handcuffs, fatally shooting two bailiffs and injuring two other people. He took hostages for a brief period and tried to leave through a door in the courtroom, Bailey said.
Court bailiffs shot and killed Gordon, according to Bailey.The killer was recently divorced, with children, according to The Associated Press.
Bailey said in a press conference that the court bailiffs “were heroes” and went “into the gunfire” to stop Gordon.
“I could just say at this time they were great people and our hearts are broken for their families and their kids,” he said of the two bailiffs who lost their lives. “Both of them were just class acts.”
He drew parallels between the heroism of the bailiffs and members of the Dallas Police Department who braved gunfire to protect protesters during last Thursday night’s shooting “without thinking of own personal safety.”
“If you can keep our officers in your prayers, I’d appreciate it,” Bailey said.
Yesterday, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., a St. Joseph native, said in a statement, “What occurred today in my hometown breaks my heart. My thoughts are with our entire community — our friends and neighbors.
“We must do better to prevent these types of tragedies from occurring,” he added.
State police are investigating the shooting, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.